WWE 2K17 was fully playable in a media event two nights before SummerSlam, and it seems like the game has been improved from last year’s acclaimed iteration. Most of the changes are slightly minor, but they will be appreciated by fans of the series and WWE in general. Three characters have also been confirmed, though most fans knew they would be in the game: Alberto del Rio, Dean Ambrose and Kevin Owens.
Most fans are already familiar with some of the changes made, like the new rollout feature in multi-man matches and the improved ladder bouts. Thankfully, more changes were made, though they seem to be pretty minor. Games Radar has stated that the game now has two types of reversals: normal and strong, with the latter possibly changing the flow of the match.
Fans will also be happy to know that they can now do taunts in the second turnbuckle. It’s a minor addition but is something followers of WWE will appreciate, since turnbuckle taunts haven’t been available in the longest time. Superstars also have specific signature and finisher moves that can be done on the outside, which is pretty great, since previous games would give players a lame replacement finisher if they wanted to execute their ultimate move on the outside.
As minor as it is, it’s a nice addition to have, especially with WWE 2K17 re-introducing Backstage Brawls. This ensures that players will be able to do their favorite moves to their opponents while in the locker room, which should be both fun and painful to watch.
Speaking of brawls, players can now attack their opponent after the match. Last year’s game let players attack their opponents before the match started, so it’s nice to see this feature improved upon. This should be useful in the game’s Universe mode, allowing rivalries to become more intense than they might already be.
WWE 2K17 is slated for an October 11 release on PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360. Fans can pre-order the game to gain access to former WCW Champion Goldberg. Those who pre-order the NXT edition of the game can get DLC codes for Shinsuke Nakamura, Nia Jax and Apollo Crews, along with Goldberg.